Music

Music Courses & Classes in London and Online

We offer a wide range of piano, singing and instrumental workshops from complete beginners to advanced standard, daytime, evening or weekend. We also offer music production, music theory, history, singing and choirs, orchestra and jazz ensembles.

Choosing your course

Based in the heart of Covent Garden, we have two Model D Steinway pianos, Yamaha acoustic pianos and two suites of digital pianos. Music students have access to practice rooms for the duration of their course and we use the latest versions of Sibelius, Logic and Max/MSP for our music technology courses.

Some of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Expert tutors

Our classes are taught by professional performers and practitioners, many of whom also teach at leading London universities and music conservatoires. We also offer advanced piano masterclasses with visiting performers and professors each year. Please refer to individual course outlines for individual staff biographies.

Studying at City Lit

City Lit students have a proud history of learning an instrument or singing from scratch as well as studying more advanced courses such as music theory exams, and preparing for advanced piano diplomas. Many of our jazz students form ensembles together and we frequently organise concerts and recitals in and around Central London.

Find a course

Browse our range of music courses in London and online below to choose your perfect option: both complete beginners and returning students are equally welcome at City Lit.

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  1. Flute: advanced
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 30 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lindsey Fillingham
    This online course is for flautists with at least 5 years training, or Grade 6+ standard, to advance their solo and ensemble playing in a variety of musical styles.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
  2. String ensemble
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Oct 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    Come and play string repertoire in a friendly group, and develop your confidence in ensemble playing. Suitable for those who have been playing violin, viola, cello or double bass for at least two years, playing at Grade 3 standard or above. Please click the 'start interview' button to apply. This is to make sure we have a balanced array of instruments for our ensemble. Break week 24 Oct 2022.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
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  3. Singing in a group: body, voice, and time
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trish Shaw
    Explore the connection between body and voice through singing, and discover how our experience of time can be affected through singing. An introduction to the physical and psychological benefits of singing in a group. This session is part of the 2022 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  4. Experiencing time through playing percussion
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    This session explores the theme of Time, and how we experience it when playing music, especially with others. You will play rhythmic patterns with and against regular pulse, explore the effects of repetition, and discover how these may affect your own state of mind and your connection with others.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  5. Chamber music: advanced
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Oct 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gisela Meyer
    Discover the pleasure of playing in small, mixed instrumental ensembles, one per part, in a variety of repertoire. For classical instrumentalists at grade 5/6 or above, with good sight-reading skills.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
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  6. Singing: overcoming tone deafness
    Course start date:  Fri 14 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Beckmann
    Many people believe wrongly that they are tone deaf. If this sounds like you, then join us for an introduction to exploring, experimenting with and understanding your voice. Take the first important steps in learning to sing. This session is part of the 2022 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  7. Singing with a mindful approach
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clare Foster
    Engage all your senses to connect mind and body awareness while singing. Explore how the psyche affects how we relate to singing. This is a practical course in the classroom for singers in all styles, not an academic study.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £139.00
  8. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Oct 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Jonathan Wilson
    This is the beginning of our piano programme, designed for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  9. Sing music theatre workshop
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Heather Longman
    This popular course explores musical theatre singing. Grow your knowledge of the repertoire. Suitable for singers and actors wanting to improve their singing and 'acting through song' technique. Be guided through the basics to find the right singing qualities for this repertoire.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00
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  10. Drumming 1A
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mark Huggett
    Come and learn the practical skills you need to play drumkit in contemporary music, including stick technique, four-way coordination, listening and music reading. You will play acoustic and practice kits in class. Please bring your own sticks.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £118.00
  11. Flute and clarinet choir
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lindsey Fillingham
    Open to intermediate/advanced flutes and clarinets to play ensemble pieces in a range of styhles. Great for sight-reading and ensemble skills! Alto flute, piccolo, Eb and bass clarinets welcome.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £38.00
    Rating:
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  12. Transcribe jazz solos
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 23 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Richards
    A study and sharing group for experienced jazz players with a good working knowledge of harmony and experience of improvising. We will focus on in-depth listening and transcription of recorded examples by well known jazz musicians. Sessions will include demonstration and performance opportunities. Course dates: 23 October, 20 November, 11 December 2022, 15 January, 12t February, 12 March 2023.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £160.00
  13. Introduction to contemporary classical music
    Course start date:  Mon 31 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Discover key works of contemporary classical music, considering how they function as artworks and also the political and social context in which they were written.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
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  14. Songwriting workshop 1
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Polly Hewett
    Continue to study and use creative techniques to structure your ideas into memorable melodies and catchy lyrics. Collaborate with other musicians and songwriters, Learn techniques to instrumental accompaniment to your melodies in these live online sessions.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £90.00
  15. Miles Davis: from Bebop to Hip-hop
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Albi Gravener
    An in depth exploration of the music, life and times of this frequently innovative, often controversial but always influential artist. There is so much more to explore than “Kind of Blue” and “Sketches of Spain”.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £58.00

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